Arizona State vs TCU Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

TCU Horned Frogs (21-12) vs Arizona State Sun Devils (23-12)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 10:05 pm (Ball Arena)

Betting Odds: TCU Horned Frogs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The TCU Horned Frogs and the Arizona State Sun Devils will meet in the first round of the West Region in Denver at the Nationwide Arena on truTV. TCU and ASU have faced off four times, with each school winning a pair of meetings. 

Arizona State Betting Preview

Arizona State moved to 22-12 after losing to Arizona in the Pac-12 semifinals. The Sun Devils couldn’t handle the Wildcats’ size, and they’d fall by nineteen, 78-59. ASU scores 70.3 points per game, while allowing 66.6 ppg, and shooting 41.3% from the floor.

Arizona State picked apart Nevada in their First Four matchup, and they’ll look to carry that steam into this contest with TCU. Fifth-year guard Desmond Cambridge Jr. scored a game-high 27 points in the quarterfinal win over USC, and he leads ASU in scoring (13.8). Junior guard DJ Horne scored 20 points in the win over the Wolf Pack, and he’s second on the team at 12.4 ppg. Senior forward Warren Washington leads the Sun Devils in rebounding (6.8), while scoring 9.2 ppg. 

TCU Betting Preview

TCU moved to 21-12 after losing to Texas in the Big 12 Quarterfinals. The Horned Frogs trailed at the break, and they’d end up falling to the Longhorns by six. TCU is scoring 76.0 points per game, while allowing 67.0 ppg, and shooting 46.5% from the field.

TCU put together a convincing season despite a cold patch in February, and they’ll look to pick up their third Pac-12 win of the year here. Senior guard Mike Miles Jr. scored 22 points in the second round win over KState, and he leads TCU in scoring at 17.3 ppg. Veteran guard Damion Baugh scored 24 points in the home finale win over Texas, and he’s one of the best passers in the country at 5.8 apg, while scoring 12.6 ppg. Former A&M forward Emanuel Miller posted a 20-point double-double against the Longhorns, and he leads the team in rebounding (6.6), while scoring 12.4 ppg. 

Arizona State vs TCU Trends

Texas Christian is 16-16-1 against the spread this season, with a 16-17 over/under record. Arizona State is 15-19 ATS this year, with a 17-17 o/u record. TCU is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. ASU is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

Corey's Free Pick

Arizona State came out strong in their First Four matchup, and I like some of that momentum carrying over into this contest. The Sun Devils have the guard play to keep up with the Horned Frogs, and after shaking off first game jitters against Nevada, they should come out ready to go. TCU may come away as the victor, but Arizona State is going to give them a fight, and it could come down to the final possessions. Spot Arizona State the points this Friday night.

Corey’s Pick Arizona State +5.5

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